Each year OBRA lead a variety of workshops, master classes and residencies for students and professionals at their base, Au Brana in Southern France and in numerous university and school structures across Europe and the UK. These sessions are an opportunity for performers and artists to engage with the specific approach to actor training and performance that the company have developed.
OBRA lead regular residential open research sessions. The company use these sessions to develop their practice, exchange with other artists or explore a particular research question, and the company open the work sessions to artists from any discipline.
OBRA SUMMER RESIDENCY
9th – 19th July at the Au Brana Centre, France
A 10 Day Intensive Workshop led by Kate Papi and Oliviero Papi
OBRA propose an immersion into their rigorous and innovative approach to theatre making, focussed upon the relationship between the physical life of the actor and language in performance.
Founder members Kate and Oliviero will lead participants through their precise approach to performance techniques and principles, and then guide the individuals and ensemble through applying these training tools to generate and shape performance material.
OBRA will propose texts sourced from a essays and novels, written by a selection of diverse contemporary writers. Participants will be led through multiple approaches to embodying this language; both creating personal and group material from the proposed texts, and as stimulus for generating their own written language. These texts will be woven together to create an individual performance language in relation to an engaged physical life. OBRA’s training is open to artists from all disciplines and performance backgrounds.
The training will cover these main areas:
- Investigating flow state in relation to group and individual listening
- Improving performers’ proprioception and physical articulation
- Developing performers’ vocal technique for placement and articulation of voice for text
- Expanding individual and group awareness and sensitivity to rhythm
- Developing performers’ capacity to work with complex language
- Increasing performers’ capacity to generate their own texts
- Exploring approaches to creating physical material from multiple sources
- Working collaboratively with a director to map and shape text and action
OBRA’s practice enables the performer to work in a highly sensitive state of listening and simultaneity, bringing together precise physical and vocal technique and performance elements. OBRA ‘s approach embraces the complexity of the performance moment and seeks to use the difficulty of satisfying simultaneous tasks and spheres of attention to enable a flow state in the performer, one which can be sustained over a long duration. The workshop invites participants to develop their personal practice and capacity to embody language, and offers a broad range of approaches to apply these skills to devising and performance. The work is rigorous, precise and demanding, led by a generous and supportive pedagogical team.
This workshop does not require you to have a high level of physical fitness or training (you don’t have to be an athlete) as the aim of the work is to increase your capacity, developing from where you are.
The fee for the workshop is €500 for 10 days of training for a minimum of 6 hours per day.
Accommodation on site, with all meals included is available for an additional €300 for the full period. Early bird reduction of €50 for anyone who has confirmed their participation with a deposit payed before February 15th.
Any participant who wishes to participate in any other OBRA work session at Au Brana in 2019 will receive a reduction of €50 for the summer residency (offer applies to sessions with Eilon and Fabian).
This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to complete an application form and pay a non-refundable deposit of €100 (refunded if we cancel).
Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 8th July and departing July 20th. The nearest airports are Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Please download an application form and return it to Oliviero at email@example.com
Please see www.aubrana.com for more information about the centre.
Download an application form here; OBRAWORKSHOPSAPP
CROSSING THE GRAIN- Counterpoints of Movement, Language and Music 12th – 17th August at Au Brana Centre, France
This six-day workshop led by Eilon Morris focuses on ways of layering and crossing rhythms of movement, language and music. How do we alter, contrast or break an established tempo? How do we transgress or transcend rhythmic forms? How do we find play and nuance in rehearsed material? How do we identify and move outside of our familiar/habitual sense of rhythm?
Informed by Eilon’s ongoing research into rhythm in performance, this work draws on principles of play, ritual and music, combining these in an accessible yet rigorous approach to training. The sessions will offer participants opportunities to experience and explore some of the key rhythmic approaches discussed in Eilon’s book, Rhythm in Acting and Performance. This practice is open to performers of all backgrounds and disciplines including actors, dancers and musicians with an interest in movement, sound and play.
This workshop will be assisted by Zoe Katsilerou, a voice and movement practitioner who will lead technical work on relationships between voice, movement and language as well as providing musical support and accompaniment.
Cost of the session is €200 with accommodation on site at Au Brana for another €100. Food will be prepared collectively during the residency, with each participant contributing €50 for the week. This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to complete an application form and pay a non-refundable deposit of €50 (refunded if we cancel).
Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 11th August and departing 18th August. The nearest airports are Toulouse and Bordeaux.
To apply please contact Oliviero at firstname.lastname@example.org with application form OBRAWORKSHOPSAPP
SHOW IN A WEEK
YOUTH DEVISING WORKSHOP 5th – 10th August
Led in English and French by Kate Papi of OBRA Theatre Co, this is a fantastic crash course in devised theatre making for 14 – 20 yr olds. In 5 days participants will receive essential elements of actor training, develop material based on a central idea or source material, devise a piece of theatre and perform before a public in a professional theatre. An exciting week of creative work in the French countryside.
The session will take place at the Au Brana centre France, and costs €150. Accomodation on site at Au Brana is available upon request.
For applications and more information please contact Oliviero at email@example.com
FABIAN WIXE Intensive workshop for dancers and physical performers.
Fabian is yet to confirm a date for a work session at Au Brana in 2019, watch this space!
The importance of doing
I propose a week workshop mixing morning trainings with afternoons full of improvisation and composition, minimum 6hrs/day, a work session in which you can learn new techniques and apply them immediately.
I am looking for dancers and performers who wish to develop their skills and spend a week exploring their own physicality in relation to a group.
The morning sessions will be dedicated to technical and physical training; a mix of Flying Low (David Zambrano’s technique) and other floor work, training and games to improve strength, flexibility and awareness. I will also propose choreographic material in the mornings with a focus on increasing speed and precision.
I want to explore listening through the physical work, listening to the group and to oneself within a group, and how energy can be re-cycled and shared. Run with your heart rather than with your feet (they will follow).
In the afternoons we will work through both improvisation and composition; I’d like us to move together, creating a space where we practice, explore, perform and ’fail’ without judging ourselves or others. I would like to create an environment in which we can be inspired and inspire each other, a place to see each other and to let ourselves be seen.
We will establish a routine of performing improvisation for each other, to let this work be a way into creating, to shift between not knowing in advance what you will do, into creating very detailed scores.
There will be a lot of doing.
In terms of the compositional work I would like to share methods of working used and developed within ’Project i19’ for our latest production ’Birds (come back to bones)’.
Cost of the session is €200 with accommodation on site at Au Brana for another €100. Food will be prepared collectively during the residency, with each participant contributing €50 for the week. Contact Oliviero at firstname.lastname@example.org with a completed form OBRAWORKSHOPSAPP